This Looks Fishy

This auction raises a million red flags.  This Yogi Berra 1952 Bowman baseball card looks to be graded and/or certified by PSA, but the seller states its graded a MINT 9.  Looking at the photo that card doesn’t look to be in MINT 9 condition, just look how round some of the corners are.  They also don’t show the actual grade or serial number.  In addition to that they are asking $10,000.00 having 0 feedback.  If you ever want to make a purchase like this always check the seller’s feedback, make sure you can see the grade, and check to make sure the grading serial number matches the card.  This auction has scam written all over it.

I have become a victim

After finishing 8hrs of doing Managerial Economics, I thought I would work with a few eBay payments I received in the mail and check my auctions.  Going through the mail I see I got paid for one of my “Boomer” Bobbleheads I received at the Williamsport Crosscutters game a few weeks ago.  Just out of pure curiosity I thought I would see if anyone else was selling the same bobblehead.  Checking the completed auctions I see a seller who stole my photo and used it for their own auction.  Here is their auction:

“Boomer” Bobblehead

Here is my auction:

“Boomer” Bobblehead

Its the same exact picture.  Plus, the smaller photo usually means that the original photo was small as well, perhaps the size of a photo from eBay.

Digital Copies of Cards

Ok, with all the hype and talk about Brett Favre I thought I would see if anyone was trying to sell anything with Brett Favre in a Jets uniform.  Of coarse no major card company would have anything out yet, but there is one seller that has attempted a try at it.  They state in the description that the winning bidder will receive a digital copy of the card e-mailed to them once they receive their payment.  They card isn’t even physically real.  I can’t believe that this auction even has a bid on it.  At least they state its a custom card, but why would anyone buy it?  I hope we don’t see this happening more and more with other players.

I love auctions like this

Many people like to buy older products in hope of pulling a rookie card of a good player.  Sometimes this can be good, and others it can be bad.  It is important that you do research on the older product before you buy a box.  The reason I am saying this is because the card that you are hoping to pull could have only been available through a redemption card.  Depending on how old the product is that redemption card could be expired.  Browsing eBay this morning I saw this completed auction for a box of 2001 Bowman Chrome baseball cards.  They say you can find the valuable Albert Pujols autographed rookie in it.  Thats nice, but that specific card was only made available through a redemption card which has expired.  Sellers don’t want to tell you that because than the auction price may not go as high.  Please do you research when buying an older product if in search for a special card.

Read The Fine Print

Fonts can be fun things to use.  They can make things stand out and look really cool.  Sometimes fonts can be very tricky as well.  When you find a rare card online that is valuable and you are thinking of placing a bid, please read the fine print.  Before you even read the fine print it is even better to look at the feedback record of the seller and how long they have been selling.  The next thing that you should do is read the description carefully.  Many sellers will show you a fancy picture of a great looking card, but then you read the description and its something totally different.  Its very important that you read the fine print.  Sellers that are trying to take advantage of you may use regular font for the description but then they may slip in some line thats in very small print just so you don’t see it.  They put it in the description so you can’t come back to them saying it wasn’t there, because it was, just very small.  This happens more often than you would think, usually with higher end cards because they are worth more.  I don’t know anyone that would have a reason to scam someone by selling them a fake 1990 Topps Sammy Sosa Rookie.  Please be careful.   

Check that seller’s item photo

Many people know that you shouldn’t buy something online without seeing a photo.  Thats great, but what if the deceptive seller posts a picture that isn’t their own.  If you find a card that you really want to buy check past auctions that have taken place.  It could be possible that the seller stole the photo from another person.  It also is possible that they stole the picture from the card company.  For example, Upper Deck, like other card companies, posts pictures of their products online.  Most of the time, when a company posts pictures of their product they will have their logo across the picture and the serial number on the card may look like this, “xx/100”.  Companies usually don’t show the first two digits of the serial number.  If you see a picture like this in an auction listing, thats not the actual item you will receive.  Here is an example of what a picture from Upper Deck looks like.